Reading captain Ivar Ingimarsson hopes James Harper's last-gasp winner against Middlesbrough will prove to be the 'turning point' in the Royals' miserable run of form.
Harper struck in the 90th minute at the Riverside on Saturday to bring to an end Reading's run of eight consecutive Premier League defeats.
That flow of form has seen Reading plunge into top-flight relegation danger as the Royals sit in 18th position in the table.
But Ingimarsson is confident he and his team-mates can now climb away from trouble after moving level on points with fourth-from-bottom Bolton.
"This is hopefully the turning point," said Ingimarsson. "When you lose eight games in a row it does affect people's confidence on the pitch so I'm really proud that we've managed to stop that rot.
"Hopefully we can build on it and take it into the next game. Everybody contributed and that is how it has to be until the end of the season. It is a good thing but only the start of a lot more moments for us.
"We are in a really tough situation. The players have fought really hard to get into the best league in the world and we are close to possibly going out of it. So we had to work really hard and fortunately we did it."